Mike Macagnan (279074)
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Unlike the backlash that the blue team is receiving from their first round draft choice, the New York Jets are being praised for what could be their second great consecutive draft.

Last year, the Jets, led by General Manager Mike Maccagnan, chose quarterback Sam Darnold out of USC with the third pick in the first round, trading up to get what’s expected to be their franchise player, their Tom Brady or to be reasonable, a future Dan Marino.

With a losing 4-and-12 record last season, the Jets were in line for another top first round pick. They chose Quinnen Williams, the 21-year-old, 6-foot-3, 303 pound versatile defensive end from the University of Alabama. Williams, a red shirt freshman born in Birmingham, Alabama, entered the draft after playing two years. He logged 71 tackles and 8 sacks in his second year.

Williams is viewed as one of the best players in this draft and has been compared to Aaron Donald, tackle for the Los Angeles Rams, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons. He’s expected and anxious to start as a rookie.

“Whatever I need to learn, I’m coming in to learn it,” said Williams. “I’m a great learner and I can do it all. I can play all positions. It doesn’t matter where they put me.”

Maccagnan believes that Williams can be just as disruptive on the line, and be a playmaker as Donald has.

“Quinnen is very similar, and did it in some people’s minds, in one of the better conferences in college football,” noted Maccagnan.

“I definitely think he has the ability to impact the game, both as a pass rusher and as a run defender.”

Out of the 254 players chosen from the seven rounds, the Jets were also on the clock for the 68th and 92nd picks in the third round, the 121st in the fourth, the157th in the fifth, and the 196th pick in the sixth.

At No. 68, Jaachai Polite, defensive end from Florida. No. 92, Chuma Edoga, offensive tackle from USC. No. 121, Trevon Wesco, tight end from West Virginia. No. 157, Blake Cashman, linebacker from Minnesota, No. 196, Blessuan Austin, corner back from Rutgers University.